Building a Groundswell for Peace in Burma

Approximately 100 students and community activists gathered at the American Center to explore their roots in faith and community, and the prospects for intercommunal peace in Burma, in an interactive lecture with filmmaker, interfaith leader, and civil rights lawyer Valarie Kaur on Tuesday, October 29.

Ambassador Mitchell welcomed participants and introduced Kaur for her first Burma engagement in a series of workshops and events she will conduct in Yangon, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, and Mawlamyine as part of her DRL- and Embassy-sponsored speaking tour to promote peace through interfaith communication. Kaur’s expertise is hosting facilitated discussions for communities or groups that have been affected by violence. She uses a series of case studies, videos, and activities to elicit dialogue and interaction. Several journalists also participated in the workshop, with the Voice Daily (one of the more popular print journals) taking a one-on-one interview following the workshop, and 7Day Daily and Myanmar Times also covering the event in print and broadcast media, respectively.

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